MEET

FERDINAND

MAGELLAN

The 16th century explorer who masterminded the first ever voyage to sail round the world and in the process revealed the other side of the world to Europeans.

Candy Gourlay is the author of First Names Ferdinand and of several books for young people.

By some strange coincidence she has a photo in exactly the same pose as Tom Knight, the illustrator. More about Candy here.  Follow Candy on Instagram.

Tom Knight is the illustrator of First Names Ferdinand and of many, many other children's books. He is also the author-illustrator of the Good Knight, Bad Knight  series. Visit Tom's website and find out more about him. Follow him on Instagram!

Get to know Ferdinand Magellan on First Name terms! Find out:

  • How he named the biggest ocean in the world

  • How he switched countries from Portugal to Spain

  • How a penguin got named after him

  • How he discovered many peoples whether they liked it or not

  • How he became famous for a voyage he never finished

TEACHERS, INVITE ME FOR

A VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT!

In response to Pandemic restrictions, I have made a video of my presentation available to rent for a fraction of the cost of a live author visit. It  is energetic and full of rollicking insight into the Age of Exploration – how spices made Europeans search for sea routes to Asia, how new technology enabled ships to travel farther than they'd ever gone before, how maps reflect the culture of its period. There are a couple of quizzes too!

CHECK IT OUT HERE

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HEADER IMAGE BY LARA LOUISE 

"History is a many-sided narrative ... The usual reading of this story dismisses as bit players the indigenous people whose lives were changed forever by explorers.  It's high time our children are taught to read this narrative critically, ask questions and do the work to find the answers." Candy Gourlay

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Read this Q&A on the 

Youth Libraries Group 

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A replica of the Victoria: the only one of Ferdinand's fleet to survive the voyage.

Photo by Christian Ferrer

Ferdinand is part of the First Names Series published by David Fickling Books – biographies of famous and historical figures.

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First Names Ferdinand Illustrated by Tom Knight

Ferdinand lived in a time when Europeans went on voyages to discover the unexplored world. it was called the Age of Exploration.